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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579655327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579655327
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Unfussy menus . . . . A testament to slowing down to enjoy a good meal along with good company.” —Celebrated Living

About the Author

As the founding editor of Kinfolk magazine, Nathan Williams works with a team of photographers, writers, illustrators, and designers in a collaborative effort to encourage a natural approach to entertaining. He lives with his wife, Katie, in Portland, Oregon, and travels to host a Kinfolk dinner series across the United States and in other countries.

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Would highly recommend for anyone interested in well designed books.
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I found this cookbook to be a bit pretentious & self absorbed w/more bio-photographs than recipes I found interesting.
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A beautiful book with stories and recipes.......thoughtful and beautiful pages!
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376 of 396 people found the following review helpful By Felicia Sullivan on October 28, 2013
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It's rare that a cookbook would evoke such vitriol, but after I received The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, I was livid. I realized that this wasn't a celebration of food and gathering and the magic those two ignite, this was the sound of one hand clapping, a coffee-table book devoted to the very "cool" artists and Web celebrities from across the country. The narrative principally centers on the people, not the food, which would be fine if that were the intention. Without a clear narrative and culinary journey, we're left to merely weave in and out of kitchens like a spool of thread, but we're not invited to linger. Rarely do we see the fruits of the contributors' labor and the gatherings they so fastidiously rhapsodize. The Kinfolkers drive miles for mussels and set a formidable table in their outdoor barns. Theirs is a life of a cultivated beauty that serves up the illusion of simplicity. In reality, the Tao of Kinfolk is nothing more than understated affluence and luxury. Theirs are gatherings where meals are photographed with a thousand-dollar camera; where everyone has clean skin, shiny hair, and ebullient optimism; where kids play around the paddock. Theirs is a world that exists for few.

There is no real visceral connection between image and type. Rather, the cookbook tells us the story of people who project the lives you wish you could live, and the recipes are merely an antecedent to that lovely fiction.

More troubling was the editorial decision to segment the book by "place." The Kinfolk Brooklyn is whitewashed and moneyed, devoid of flavor, color, or texture. Where is the Russian food? Where is the Caribbean food? Dominican, Italian, Polish, etc.?
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134 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Meep on October 25, 2013
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When I buy a cookbook, I expect it to be about food, contain dependable recipes and perhaps some interesting stories. This unfortunately does not meet my criteria. Basically a picture book of hipster fluff, I was disappointed in the lack of quality writing and felt the errors and omissions in several of the recipes very amateurish.

And let me be clear: I'm an early 30's, small business owner with an english degree from Reed College of all places. I spent half my life in Portland, Oregon and my tolerance for twee is high. But this is some silly, half-cooked hipster nonsense to be sure.
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84 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas G Kuhlman on October 25, 2013
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This book was a disappointment. A great concept but the recipes just don't deliver. I'm not sure some of the recipes were even tested. Hipster fluff at its finest. I would be bored out of my organic gourd in my hand knit sweater if I ever shared a table with a majority if the people featured in this jcrew inspired cookbook.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By R Turner on October 28, 2013
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The book and the magazines are beautifully photographed. The writing in both is weak, and the concept in general is way too self-congratulatory. "Look how cool we are!" There is a recipe for coffee, and another for cut melon, it is fairly ridiculous.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By ls on October 27, 2013
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Like the magazine, this is lacking content...and for a cookbook that would be recipes. Maybe it is attempting to evoke a sense of community and family but for someone purchasing a cookbook, that already exists. I found no inspiration, just mediocrity.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Marie Stone on January 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
[First appeared in The Englewood Review of Books, Advent 2013 issue]

The cover copy on The Kinfolk Table describes the new cookbook as

“the right book at the right time--a cookbook full of fresh ideas that captures a cultural moment and defines it for a quickly expanding audience.”

One aspect of that is undeniably accurate--The Kinfolk Table does perfectly capture a certain cultural moment. Whether it is “full of fresh ideas,” however, is entirely debatable: it bursts not so much with freshness as with signifiers of hipster coolness: it is all about “reclaiming” all things “vintage,” “heritage,” “rustic” and “simple,” and its design (iconography?) is similarly devoted to the articles of hipster faith: rough-hewn tables covered with mismatched antique tableware and linen napkins; ultra-spare photographs of desserts in individual ramekins sprinkled with (what else?) coarse sea salt; slender, girlish women in retro dresses and hairdos (aprons optional but highly recommended) holding pies or cut-glass jars of homemade jam. It’s a visual treat if you enjoy the nostalgic aesthetic that’s so hip right now.

Recipe contributors (based mainly in Brooklyn, Portland, Copenhagen, and the English countryside) are a mostly young-ish, mostly beautiful collection of creative types: printmakers and photographers and designers of one sort or another; chefs and ‘artisanal’ makers of cheese, ice cream, and syrups. Their homes and gardens are as relentlessly art-directed as everything else in the book and described in rapturous tones: one woman’s home is “brimming with art books and vintage furniture”; another’s is “an oasis of greenery, vintage glassware, and beloved old kitchen items from her family.
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83 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Kohn C/O Bydalek on October 18, 2013
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When I buy a cookbook I expect a certain ratio of recipes to pictures and text, but overall, recipes should predominate. This "cookbook" has very few recipes, and many are not what I would consider to be a recipe: "Morning Melon" suggests you cut open a melon and add some yogurt, or even granola and drizzle with honey. Then eat outside in the morning sun. Seriously? The "cookbook" devotes quite a few pages to photos of people, with many shots of serious looking people. Why, I don't know. If you want a "cookbook" full of photos of people and background information, then this could be the book for you. It wasn't for me.
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